The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Vulcans have earned a record number of Pacific West Conference Scholar Athlete honors, with 116 student-athletes qualifying for the 2019–20 school year, beating last year’s record of 90.
“This is a great accomplishment by our student-athletes during a very challenging year due to COVID-19,” said UH Hilo Athletic Director Patrick Guillen. “UH Hilo is fortunate to have world-class faculty who care and who had to make significant adjustments during the spring semester that really aided our students in their academic endeavors.”
The Vulcans had a total of 171 student-athletes compete this year, meaning that 68 percent of UH Hilo Vulcans had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Eleven of the 12 Vulcan teams had as many or more scholar-athletes than they had a year ago. Men’s soccer showed the biggest improvement, jumping from 10 honorees to 18.
The UH Hilo women’s soccer team had the most honorees with 19. The team with the highest percentage of student-athletes to qualify was women’s basketball, with eight of the nine players meeting the PacWest scholar requirements. All Vulcan teams had at least half of their players earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.
“These academic accomplishments highlight the commitment and dedication of our student-athletes and also our coaches and staff in providing the support and resources necessary to make such an improvement,” Guillen added. “I am extremely proud of our programs and student-athletes. Congratulations on a great academic year.”